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The Sacred Catfish (by Jason Rishel)

Among the many different religious practices of the animism in Burkina Faso is the worship of the Silures, a fish that is similar to a catfish and that often grows up to about five feet long. The animism teaches that the spirits of their ancestors indwell these fish. By feeding the Silures chicken intestines or a loaf of bread, you can offer your prayer or petition to them through the chosen high priest and hope that they will hear and help you.

 

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